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Track A: Engineering

Since the start of the program in 2003, the Engineering track has been a successful part of the International Summer Program, and we have been able to welcome students from all over the world who are interested in engineering, mathematics, and economics.

This track gives you the opportunity to earn credits for your academic studies at your home university and to experience a different learning culture. Students can select from a catalog of courses taught in English in the following fields:

Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
Automation and Robotics
Applied Mathematics

The focus will be on engineering and economics complemented by two mandatory courses focusing on German language and culture (German Language Course and Germany - Politics, Culture, and Society).


You can download this year's course catalog here. Please note that courses are subject to change. A final course selection will only be made upon your arrival in Dortmund. 

Before filling in the application form please have a look at the course catalog, as you are asked for a preliminary course choice. You are completely free to choose the courses which you want to attend from the catalog. A good trade-off between studying and experiencing a foreign culture is a workload of 2 courses in addition to the compulsory German Language Course and the culture course (German Language Course and Germany - Politics, Culture, and Society).


Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
o   Dynamic Simulation
o   Logistics in Chemical Production Processes
o   Bubbles and Drops in Chemical and Biochemical Processes
o   Introduction to Programming with MATLAB 
o   Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology - Genetic Circuit Design

Automation and Robotics

o   Single-loop and multi-loop controller design
o   Process Optimization
o   Data-based Dynamic Modeling
o   Cyber-Physical System Fundamentals

Applied Mathematics
o   Intensive Course in Statistics

Computer Science
o  Architecture & Implementation of DBMS 

In case you need more information on a course, e.g. to be able to transfer the granted credits to your home university, please contact

You can also take part in a research project in addition to or instead of the offered courses. You can find more information about undertaking a research project here.



Learning Culture

The learning culture in Germany is quite different from countries that use the American education system. Courses in engineering and natural science can generally be divided into two parts: lectures and tutorials.

In the lectures the theory of a topic is taught by a professor, and in the tutorials the theory is put to use with practical examples explained by junior researchers. In most cases the grades are determined by the outcome of a final examination either in a written or in an oral form. In a written exam, you have to solve tasks similar to the tutorial examples in a certain period of time (~90 min.), whereas an oral exam consists of a small individual discussion (~30 min.) with the professor about the course topics.

In certain courses there are intermediate evaluations of your understanding of the concepts through take home assignments and/or mid-term exams. Please note that in Germany the whole spectrum of grades is used.



Target Group

This track is designed mainly for students from partner universities from all over the world in their third or fourth year. It is also suitable for graduate students. However, we also welcomed sophomore students in the past.


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Course Catalog

Course Catalog 2020

Students’ Comments

"The engineering courses are unique, and many are not offered with the same specialization as in the US. I think the courses give variety to my resume and I found some particularly interesting. I really liked my engineering professors aswell. All were very well spoken, engaging, and extremely well-qualified." (Participant, ISP 2010)

I wish to express the amount of knowledge gained and experiences I have had with the Dortmund ISP program. I think that this program offers more experiences rather than typical classromm settings, because it allows time for travelling as well. The friendliness of the people in the lab I worked for was wonderful." (Participant, ISP 2012)

“On the academic side, the classes are challenging and definitely aggregated value to my skills set. They many times go beyond theory, entering practical activities and, for that matter, there are also the research projects to extend the hands-on experience.” (Participant, ISP 2009)